Ghana fans enjoy team's World Cup win away from home

Juanita Kwarteng, right, an MU graduate student who was born in Canada and has family roots in Ghana, cheers at the end of Ghana's victory over the United States at the World Cup on Saturday. The Ragtag has been showing World Cup games at its two theaters and Kwarteng came to enjoy Saturday's match with friends, including Adam Bouras, left.

A large group of soccer fans gathered Saturday at Ragtag Cinema to watch the U.S. play Ghana in the World Cup. The group included a number of international students from MU rooting for Ghana.

Fields' attorneys plan to question Boone County detective Monday

Proceedings began June 21 in the murder trial of Tausha L. Fields. Over the course of one week, attorneys from both sides heard testimony from 19 witnesses for the prosecution. The trial resumes 8 a.m. Monday at the Boone County Courthouse, but the defense hasn't yet announced when Fields will take the stand.

Two proposed projects concern Bourn Avenue Neighborhood Association

Local attorney Aaron Smith wants to replace two homes near the intersection of Bourn Avenue, Broadway and Stadium Boulevard to build an office building. The proposed widening of Stadium Boulevard, however, means more traffic would be funneled down Bourn.

West Ash Neighborhood Association boosts community involvement

The West Ash Neighborhood Association was approved by the City Council on Monday. According to association President Carol Rogers, there are no immediate concerns the association must address, but they have talked about adding mosquito control, new speed bumps and crosswalks.

Sturgeon community enjoys return of summer festival

Sturgeon welcomed back the summer festival and celebrated the high school's state basketball victory.

Staff Sgt. Robert Canine receives keys to new home

Staff Sgt. Robert Canine, who lost both of his legs during an explosion in Baghdad, received his new house from Homes for Our Troops, an organization that builds homes for veterans with severe injuries from war.

Missouri's Adcock sixth in decathlon at USATF championships

MU's Nick Adcock scored 7,579 points in the two-day decathlon competition at the  USA Track & Field Championships to finish as the third-best collegiate athlete in the event.


Woman pleads not guilty to charges stemming from cats in hotel room

A 52-year-old woman has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the discovery of more than two dozen cats in her Columbia motel room.

Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater debuted to the public

The amphitheater opened to the public with two performance groups on Saturday night.

$78 million renovation expected for St. Louis Kiel Opera House

Despite opposition from alderwoman Marlene Davis and the Fox Theatre, renovation is expected to begin on the Kiel Opera House in St. Louis, which could host large concerts, touring Broadway productions and other shows when completed.

Columbia Public Library hosts Party with the Stars event

On Friday night, the Columbia Public Library held the Party with the Stars event, where children and their parents could use binoculars or telescopes to view the night sky and catch a glimpse of Saturn.

1 dead in KC police chase

A 19-year-old Kansas City man has died after losing control of his SUV while leading police on a high-speed chase. A 16-year-old passenger was seriously injured in the crash.

Springfield utility's eminent domain lawsuit heads to court

City Utilities of Springfield is suing some landowners over a settlement offer the company made to gain access to their land. The landowners have refused the offer, saying it isn't fair compensation.

Planning commissions seek community feedback for East Area Plan

Residents are invited to attend a meeting held Tuesday by the city of Columbia and Boone County planning and zoning commisssions addressing a draft of future land use along Interstate 70, U.S. 63, New Haven and Rangeline roads.

UPDATE: Cyclists celebrate anniversary of Missouri Katy Trail

The Sedalia Democrat reported that more than 300 riders from 30 states traveled the 225-mile hiking, biking and equestrian path in five days. They slept outside and stopped in cities along the way. Their ages ranged from 6 to 81 years old.

Missouri judge gives treasurer 1 year to pay money back

Judge Kevin Selby told Gene Paul Boyd at his sentencing Friday that Boyd had one year to repay the $376,000 he stole from the town over nearly two decades. The judge said if Boyd doesn't make restitution in time he should "pack a toothbrush."

Hospice care focuses on keeping patients comfortable

When people know they have less than six months to live and decide to receive hospice care, most people will leave hospitals and spend their final days at home. According to National Hospice and Palliative Organization’s report in 2007, 70 percent of hospice patients received service at their own residence.

Hundreds of riders travel Missouri Katy Trail

More than 300 bicyclists poured into Sedalia on the final leg of their trip across Missouri via the Katy Trail. The riders traveled the entire 225-mile hiking, biking and equestrian trail over five days to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Missouri Marine focus of Sunday benefit in Arnold

A benefit is planned Sunday for a 26-year-old Marine from Arnold who became a quadruple amputee after stepping on an explosive in Afghanistan. Cpl. Todd Nicely is recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center but plans to return home for 20 days in July.